Hailing and wailing from sunny and smoggy Los Angeles, California, Karie Jacobson and Drew Kowalski–a musical duo known as The Dagons–ditch the brightly lit warm weather and head straight for a Louisiana swamp at midnight on their fifth full-length effort, Upon the Dull Earth. Brandishing fuzz guitar, a sitar brighter than a glass of Sprite, rock steady drums and reverb-bathed vocal melodies–all tethered together with a seriously booming bottom end–they comb, I mean combine sea shanties, ’60s psych and ’80s fence post-punk with an ease not seen since La-Z Boy debuted the recliner to the delight of armchair pirates everywhere. And where have I seen that cover wench before? Oh yeah, she modeled for the Starbucks logo!
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